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ACV and Yogurt Questions for Yeast Issues in Dog

Posted by Bari (Staten Island, New York) on 06/23/2008

I just found this site while searching for holistic treatments for yeast in dogs. I have a 14 year old shitzu who for the most part is healthy but has terrible skin, ear and eye problems caused by yeast. She's been on prescribed medications but nothing helps for long. What I've been reading about apple cider vinegar and or yogurt sounds promising but I'm not sure how to use either. How much yogurt do you give the dog and is the vinegar used internally or externally and in what amounts? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The dog is suffering and we can't stand the smell!!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

For dogs, especially the smell can be reduce almost overnight with borax and hydrogen peroxide bath first, unrinsed. The dog will naturally lick off some of the borax and it will have a killing effect on the yeast infection. However, in a liter of drinking water 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt is added plus 1/8 teaspoon of borax for only 1-3 days. Thereafter, only a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt is added into the drinking water.

The borax and hydrogen peroxide goes like this: In a hydrogen peroxide 1% solution of one liter for example, I will add one tablespoon of borax and stir it and apply on the dog throughout. This is applied everyday for a week.

Most of the smell should go away by the second week.

One other the reason why most domesticated dogs and cats have diseases is the problem of industrialized farming practices which induces omega 3 deficiency in all farm animals raised on grains instead of grasses, a practice that is popular in the U.S. Therefore one capsule of fish oil omega 3 is added to the dog for about 5 days, plus domesticated, dogs, cats (and humans!) typically have very low diets in bicarbonates. Therefore a more ideal drinking water for dogs and cats (and humans!) is:

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, in 1 - 1.5 liter of drinking water.

As to whether apple cider vinegar and yogurt will help, it might, but some animals may be lactic acid intolerant, such as cows and horses. However, if fed to dog, typically 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is added into food or water. As for yogurt, it's between 1/2 tablespoon to 1 talbespoon of yogurt. My guess is apple cider may work a little better han yogurt, but I prefer to deal the problem through baking soda, omega 3 fish oil, and the hydrogen peroxide and borax remedy.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

Hi Bari with the sick Shih tz(or however you spell that)- On the apple cider vinegar, I would start by adding l tsp. to the drinking water and if she doesn't balk at drinking it, add 1/2 tsp. daily up to maybe a total of 3 tsp. On the yogurt, I'd give her plain, non-fat, unflavored & unsugared, as much as she wants to eat - start with a tsp. or two - until you find out if she will eat it. You can also bathe her in half water/half ACV but be very careful not to get it in her eyes - it stings or burns when you get it in your eyes.

Replied by Helene
Wetumpka, Alabama

what do you do for the eyes? i did the borax & peroxide for my 60lb dog and it is working great on his coat. but i don't know what to do for his eyes. can you help me please. thank you Helene

Replied by Denise

You can use a highly-diluted boric acid as an eye wash for both dogs and cats. Please note that Borax is NOT boric acid - that is a common misconception. Do not use Borax as an eye wash.

Here is some info I copied: Boric acid as an eye wash solution helps by treating the bacterial infection and soothing inflamed eyes.

To make boric acid eye wash, use pharmaceutical grade boric acid powder. For mild infections, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of boric acid powder in one pint of hot water.